cup fungus on bee hotel

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corzon
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cup fungus on bee hotel

Post by corzon » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:37 am

The photos show a detail of my bee hotel, which has hung for years exposed to sun and rain - the wood gradually become more soft. When dry, there are many black dots visible which turned out to transform in nice grey cups after rain. Can it be identified, perhaps to genus level?

Thanks!

Cor
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Re: cup fungus on bee hotel

Post by mollisia » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:36 am

hello,

whooo, my favorites!! :D :D

This is Mollisia ligni - the scurfy exterior, the xerophytic growth and the tendancy to become triangular when slowly drying make it recognazable even macroscopically. Usually Mollisias are not easy to determine and microscope is always required as well as chemical reactions. M. ligni is characterized by multiseptate hairs with rounded tips and a negative reaction of the ascus pore.
Attention, what is presented in FoS as M. ligni is something completely different!

best regards,
Andreas

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Re: cup fungus on bee hotel

Post by corzon » Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:20 pm

Thanks Andreas, your answer is beyond my expectation!

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